Skilling the unskilled: Why should companies get involved? | Part I

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The Skill India Mission launched by the Indian Government earlier this year aims to train 550 million people by 2022. With government-sponsored programs training only 3 out of the 12 million people entering the workforce every year, how do we close this gap? Companies can play a key role in the sector through CSR, public-private partnerships, apprenticeship models and other methods.

Skilling India: Getting it right | Part II

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What does an impactful skilling program look like? How do companies engage partners that will deliver effective training to those who really need it? Key insights from our conversations with practitioners from social enterprises and foundations involved in skilling.

CSR in education: What are India’s top companies up to?

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In order to understand the current CSR trends in education and the main challenges in the sector, Samhita Social Ventures has mapped the education interventions of 100 companies with the largest CSR budgets in India.

CSR Made Easy – Updated CSR laws

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Some of the recent amendments in the Schedule VII of Companies Act 2013 have indicated that contributions to ‘Swachh Bharat Kosh’ and ‘Clean Ganga Fund’ would come under CSR framework.
‘Swach Bharat Kosh’ has been set up to attract funds, from various entities including corporates, for activities related to Swachh Bharat initiative.

Accelerating social change through collective impact

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Collective Impact could be an exciting new model for companies to tackle social issues. Samhita explores the potential for Indian companies to adopt such models for their CSR by exploring the benefits and challenges of Collective Impact.

A question of choice: How to identify and qualify NGOs for CSR

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  Companies in India appear spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing implementation partners for their mandated CSR activities. The ratio of NGOs to people (1 NGO for 600 people) currently outnumbers the ratio of policemen to citizens (1 policeman for 943 people). However ascertaining the credibility and efficacy of an NGO for a […]

Measuring for success: What’s the right approach to impact assessment?

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Most companies spend a significant amount of time and effort to quantify, monitor and evaluate their business parameters allowing them to set targets, create benchmarks, track progress, undertake midcourse corrections and effectively cater to stakeholder needs.

Anemia management as CSR: A stepping-stone to healthy communities

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Healthcare is a popular intervention for CSR, with a diverse set of interventions and approaches available. Companies with a key focus on community development see healthcare as crucial to community well-being and undertake a range of interventions from health camps to strengthening healthcare infrastructure.

Implementing sanitation at RB: Samhita talks to Ravi Bhatnagar, Manager External Affairs

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Ravi Bhatnagar, Manager, External Affairs at Reckitt Benckiser talks to Samhita about RB’s sanitation campaign, Banega Swachh India. He emphasises the need for a collaborative approach in the sanitation space, with multiple stakeholders coming together to fulfil the mission of Swachh Bharat.

Looking beyond toilets: The need for sustainable sanitation solutions

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The Prime Minister’s call for a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014 has reactivated the demand to provide better health and hygiene to communities. However, the campaign seems to focus on building toilets at the expense of other equally important issues. The article talks about the need for a holistic approach when implementing WASH programs.